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5 Game Of Thrones Destinations To Visit By Cruise

15th June 2015

The American fantasy drama is famed for its stunning exotic filming destinations, from the shores of Croatia to glaciers of Iceland and the rich countryside of Northern Ireland. We take a look into the spectacular locations that you can visit by cruise to relive your favourite GOT moments.

Imagine standing at the gates of King’s Landing? Or strolling around the Free City of Pentos? Discover the fantastical locations on your doorstep that are used in everyone's favourite TV series:

Alcázar de Sevilla, used as the Water Places of Dorne

 

Malta

#GOT scene: Site of the King’s Landing in series 1

Malta is a fairly new destination to the cruise world and the perfect island to exploit the exotic Mediterranean flare. However, it is not only sun and sand that makes it so appealing, it holds a rich and fascinating history.

Every building, temple and street tells a story and display the results of a significant event in Malta’s dramatic past. A trip here guarantees to create ever-lasting memories and no shortage of mysterious adventures. From the iconic stone temples, grand palaces and quaint cobbled streets to the sun-drenched beaches, water-front restaurants and vibrant cocktail bars, Malta is an enchanting paradise.

Malta exposed the perfect destination for King’s landing as the pristine rooftops of the historic buildings portray scenes of a noble lifestyle.

Cruise lines that stop here: Royal Caribbean International, P&O Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line

 

The main gate of Mdina, used as King's Landing's Gate


Croatia

#GOT scene: Site of King’s Landing from series 2

Oh beautiful Croatia – one of my favourite European cities that becomes more charming every time I visit. 

One of the most picturesque coastlines, sailing into this part of the world truly takes my breathe away with its vibrant buildings, pretty harbors and soaring ramparts that sit in front of lush green mountains. I can only imagine this is the ultimate destination to film such a fascinating drama.

The Old Town is an explorer’s playground with so much to do. As you stroll around the cobbled streets you are faced with unique carved statues, history-enriched architecture and the famous Onifrio’s Fountain. When your sight-seeing time is up, relax in one of the tucked away cafes and indulge on a delicious pastry and simply watch this mesmerizing world pass by.

Cruise lines that stop here: Thomson Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, MSC Cruises, Princess Cruises

 

Lovrijenac fort, used as The Red Keep in the heart of Kings Landing

 

Iceland

#GOT scene: 'Beyond the wall' scene

Iceland is a destination that doesn’t quite seem real. A place where people bathe in boiling springs, active volcanoes are a normal sight and natural wonders outnumber man-made creations.

This unspoilt playground oozes with exploration and showcases sights of the unimaginable. Named the 'land of ice and fire' a trip to Iceland gives you the opportunity to delve into fascinating history, relax in steaming lagoons or enjoy a snippet of the lavish lifestyle in innovative nightclubs and bars.

Although the locals are very welcoming, it is the wildlife you are likely to make friends with. From the whale infested waters to the arctic foxes huddled along the coast, you will never be alone here.

Cruise lines that stop here: Fred Olsen Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Hurtigruten 

 

Vatnajokull Glacier, used as North of the Wall


Northern Ireland

#GOT scene: Numerous scenes

You don’t always have to look far to find something amazing and sometimes what you are searching for can be found right infront of you. Northern Ireland is the UK's hidden gem.

The highlight of any British Isles cruise, Northern Ireland illustrates a pairing of lush countryside with cosmopolitan city life. The city boasts vibrant bars, lively beer gardens and exciting museums, whereas the countryside exposes century-old remains, sensuous countryside and roaming wildlife.

There is no shortage of adventures to be had here, from the Titanic Memorial, Carrickfergus Castle and the Giant’s Causeway UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With it's soaring mountains dominating mystical landscapes, it created the ultimate setting for many enticing GOT scenes. Many of the woodland settings are filmed in Tollymore Forest, County down.

Cruise lines that stop here: Cruise & Maritime, Princess Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruises, P&O Cruises

 

The Dark Hedges, used as Kingsroad (North of Kings Landing)

 

Morocco

#GOT scene: Daenerys walk along from series 3

The Hollywood of Europe, Morocco is a lavish city that blends old and new like nowhere else in the world. One minute you’re taken back in time by historic buildings and the next you are surrounded by a commercial jungle.

Cuisine is a key part of the Moroccan lifestyle and every new step you take presents a different restaurant with locals serving tasty treats. Influenced by its cultural background, you will be able to indulge in an array of exquisite cuisine here.

Morocco has a quirky personality that is apparent from all around. It has an infectious sense of adventure that makes you want to delve into the culture further.

With its enchanting atmosphere, awe-inspiring views and rich culture it is no suprise it was chosen for key filming scenes.

Cruise lines that stop here: Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Star Clippers

 

Aït-Ben-Haddou, used as Yunkai and Pentos


By Sally Grimes


Celebrating St Patrick's Day

24th February 2015

Updated March 2018

 

The 17th March brings us the festival of St Patrick’s Day, a celebration of everything Irish; anything green and gold goes along with shamrocks, luck, Guinness, Trad music, and Irish food. The whole world celebrates with parades, song, and dance.

 

 

Welcome to the only day of the year when you won’t look out of place in a giant leprechaun hat.

 

Why do we celebrate?

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is best known for driving all the snakes away from the island; and it is true that you will find no snakes there, but there probably never has been since it was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age.

Saint Patrick is also supposed to have brought Christianity to the island of Ireland and had used the shamrock, which has now become the national emblem, to explain the holy trinity.

 

 

Go Green

National monuments across the world go green in celebration. In Chicago, the city lights up green along with the Chicago River which is dyed a fluorescent green for the occasion.

Other monuments that go green include the London Eye, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls, the Burj al Arab in Dubai, South Africa’s Table Mountain and the Sydney Opera House.

 

 

Celebrating on a cruise

If you are on a cruise during the St Paddy’s festivities, you’re in luck; cruise line celebrations vary but most give a nod to the patron saint of Ireland. Here are our top picks of some of the best St Patrick’s Day parties at sea:

Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian will be throwing a St Patrick’s Day Party across the fleet where guests are able to celebrate with Irish themed music, entertainment, decorations, food and drink…including green beer!

Royal Caribbean: The Royal Caribbean fleets will see parties and onboard parades along with Irish themed music, karaoke and more.

Whether you are on a cruise that makes a special effort for the occasion or not, you can be certain that there will be guests celebrating onboard. Normally many guests dress in green on the day and continue the festivities late into the night - wherever you are in the world, you can guarantee St Patrick’s Day celebrations will follow you!

 

Cruising to Ireland

You can still experience the true spirit of the Irish on any other day of the year with a cruise to Ireland. Many British customers overlook the possibility of a cruise around Ireland and the British Isles - yet it is one of the most convenient ways to do so!

 

 

Several cruise lines are offer overnights in Dublin including Celebrity Eclipse, which is homeporting out of Dublin for summer 2018.


See all of our cruises to Ireland.


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